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Høst 2018

BIO-3556 Fishery Biology and Harvest Technology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

This subject is obligatory in the Master's programme in International Fisheries Management" (IFM). The course can also be taken as a singular course

Course contents

Fishery biology deals with worldwide fisheries, value-chains and ecological research. We focus on traditional methods to investigate exploited organisms, such as determination of population parameters and field work for direct estimation of fish density. The concept of a fishery model is introduced, and we adapt this theory to widely diverse species, fisheries and level of information available. This helps us making simple quantitative predictions of the suitability of different exploitation regimes. Harvest technology deals with a general description of the most common fishing methods and a brief description of the vessel technology used in different parts of the world. We deal with fish behavior, operation methods, basics on the selective fisheries, fish detection and density estimation with hydro-acoustics during ecosystem surveys. New developments in the pursuit of energy efficient and environmentally adequ¿ate gear, by-catch reduction, and user-friendly technology, are addressed.  These developments include also capture-based aquaculture. We give, in addition, a brief introduction to the monitoring, control and enforcement of technical measures in regulated capture fisheries.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Application code: 9371 Entrance requirements as for the M.Sc.programme in International Fishery Management.

Objective of the course

Objective of the course

Intended learning outcomes



General competences:

Language of instruction

The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, practical labs and research cruise. A major component of learning in this course is self-study of basic concepts.


Written exam, 4 hours. The grading scale is A-F, where A-E is passed, and F is failed.

Work requirements: Students have to submit one field report after the research cruise.

A re-sit exam is arranged in the next semester.

Date for examination

Written test 28.11.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Course overlap

FSK-2008 Harvest technology in Norwegian marine fisheries 5 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

For Fisheries biology:

For Harvest technology:

Lectures Autumn 2018
First attendance: See schedule
Lectures f.aman. Antonio Jorge Fonseca Antunes Santos
forsker Erik Berg
f.aman. Roger Bertram Larsen
f.aman. Melania Borit
Seminars f.aman. Antonio Jorge Fonseca Antunes Santos
Cruise f.aman. Antonio Jorge Fonseca Antunes Santos
f.aman. Roger Bertram Larsen
Wet laboratory f.aman. Antonio Jorge Fonseca Antunes Santos
PC-lab f.aman. Antonio Jorge Fonseca Antunes Santos
f.aman. Melania Borit